University of Victoria

University of Victoria | Victoria, B.C. | Founded 1963


University of Victoria Campus


Not many campuses can offer a 10-minute walk to the beach with surroundings of ocean, mountains and forests, but the University of Victoria has so much green space, it’s no wonder students flock outdoors in the springtime—which comes in early March—to study and suntan on blankets. But the location also influences UVic’s identity, which has research strengths in climate change, oceans science and alternative energy. “We’re big enough to have an international reach and impact, but small enough to create a personalized learning environment,” says president Jamie Cassels. “It’s just that right size.” Also flocking to UVic is revenue from external research grants and contracts, which has more than tripled in the past 10 years. The $200-million Ocean Networks Canada manages three cabled ocean observatories—NEPTUNE (the world’s first and largest) and VENUS—off the coast of B.C., and an Arctic mini-observatory at Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. In 2014, it launched a collaboration with a research centre in the Bay of Fundy on the Atlantic coast, giving it access to data from three oceans. But UVic isn’t just for science types. Politics students have long gone on to jobs at the nearby B.C. legislature, and the fine arts building is a hub for innovative writing and theatre.

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Standout Programs

Biomedical Engineering: This interdisciplinary program bridges engineering and medicine; students study the design, development and evaluation of biological and medical systems and products, such as artificial organs and prostheses.

Earth and Ocean Sciences: UVic’s coastal location and research centres make it a natural fit to study climate change, earthquakes, resource planning and marine pollution.

Software Engineering: Learn to create digital systems with a range of specialization options, including security, management, mechatronics and technology policy.

Cool Courses

World Englishes: This course explores how English spread across the globe, and the resulting regional, stylistic and social varieties that developed. Topics include historical context, language change and the socio-cultural ideological issues associated with language spread.

Game Strategy, Interaction and Design: This multidisciplinary course explores video games and their applications through game design exercises and playing games. Topics range from entertainment media to the history of sound and the role of artificial intelligence research.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Undergraduate students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Engineering: 84%
Arts: 75%
Science: 80%
Commerce: 80%
$6,028 1st & 2nd year: 59.4
3rd & 4th year: 25.4
Full-time: 12,746
Part-time: 5,051
2,299 (2,070 reserved for first years) Graduation: 65.8%
Retention: 81.5%

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